Update: Stumbo Proposes Higher Minimum Wage In KY

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Updated: 1/03 6:21 pm
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13 states just raised their minimum wage.  Kentucky was not one of them.  Will that change in 2014?  House Speaker Greg Stumbo wants to see it go up. 

She could be preparing to paint a picture, which fits, because Zane Perry studied art in college; however, Perry's canvas is Claudia O'Neil.

Who keeps coming back to have her hair done.

"I look in the mirror," said O'Neil. 

Perry also majored in psychology.  She says styling hair is the best of both. 

"I love my clients.  They're always very interesting, and very entertaining," said Perry.

But making the cut on 8 bucks an hour is not easy.

"I'm getting busier.  I'm getting more successful at what I do, but I also know it takes time, and it's very discouraging when you seem like you're working and working and working and you're just not really getting where you want to be," said Perry. 

Perry's not complaining.  She knows she'll get there, but House Speaker Greg Stumbo wants success to come quicker.  He wants to raise minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10. 

"There needs to be something done to help level the playing field for people who work for minimum wage," said Rep. Greg Stumbo, (D) House Speaker.

Business owners we spoke with say they could not afford the increased costs.  Perry understands that point.

"It would affect everything, because not only would our prices go have to go up, our supply houses prices would go up probably," said Perry. 

Which brings us back to Claudia O'Neil.

She owns a professional cleaning company.

"$7.25 it's, to me, it's a joke.  I think it causes a lot of people to be discouraged," said Claudia O'Neil, a small business owner.

Perry makes more than minimum wage, but only 75 cents an hour more.

"Everything I have to do I have to budget it out ahead of time.  I have to get surgery on my gall bladder.  That's kind of hard to budget out when you don't have any money," said Perry.

She worries the cost of living will go up with an increase to the minimum wage.
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